CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An advocacy group is seeking an apology from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign after a Muslim woman standing in silent protest was heckled and escorted out of a campaign event.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the call for an apology hours after Rose Hamid was thrown out of the Trump rally at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
Hamid said she was standing up in protest to a Trump statement when members of the audience pointed her out by chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, also called on Trump to meet with American Muslim leaders to help stem the anti-Muslim hysteria resulting from his rhetoric.
The incident took place as Trump questioned the motives of Syrian refugees at a Friday night rally, saying they “probably” are members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Hamid was wearing a hijab and a T-shirt reading, “Salam, I come in peace.”
She was joined by several other protesters, all wearing yellow eight-pointed stars, reminiscent of the six-pointed stars Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear. On the eight-pointed stars, a common symbol in the Islamic world, was the message: “Stop Islamophobia.”
Hamid, a flight attendant, told CNN that some of the Trump supporters sitting near her were kind and apologized as she was led out. But she said others accused her of having a bomb or shouted: “Get out!”